Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cognitive and Brain Aging

We are seeking Post-Doctoral Fellows for a major NIA funded longitudinal study of cognitive and brain aging in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the top research departments in the United States. The post-doctoral fellows work primarily on the Vietnam Era Twin Study of Aging (VETSA); the PIs are Drs. William Kremen, Carol Franz, and Michael Lyons. VETSA constitutes a rich interdisciplinary study that can address a wide variety of important research questions elucidating risk and protective factors for cognitive and brain aging as well as life course development from over 1600 subjects. Three waves of in-depth cognitive, psychosocial and health, biomarker, GWAS, and MRI data in twins are completed. Wave 4 data collection started in 2020. The study has been ongoing since 2002. The fellowship also includes opportunities to participate in several international consortia, including CHARGE, ENIGMA, IGEMS, and PGC.

Responsibilities. Primary activities for the fellow(s) include participation in all aspects of research: Analysis, interpretation, and publication of results; Develop independent research projects including grant-writing; Interact with multidisciplinary VETSA investigators and collaborators; Engage in training activities within the VETSA lab and the School of Medicine at UCSD.

Qualifications: We are recruiting applicants with:

  • Demonstrated experience and strong interest in neuropsychology, aging, Alzheimer’s disease, genetics, and/or neuroimaging.

  • A Ph.D. in psychology, cognitive science, or a related field

  • A strong statistical background and excellent written and oral communication skills.

Salary: NIH rates based on experience; UCSD has excellent benefits.

Start date: Positions is ongoing; preferable start date July 1, 2023.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV, at least two writing samples, and the names/contact information of 3 professional references to Dr. William Kremen ( and Dr. Matthew Panizzon ( Initial appointment is for two years with opportunity to extend.